Albion Rovers Manager News

Albion Rovers FC are delighted to welcome John Brogan home to his first senior football club as First team manager. 

John played for several Scottish clubs in the 1970s and 1980s, scoring 273 goals in all competitions during his career. He remains St Johnstone’s record goalscorer.

Career bio

John began his career at Albion Rovers in 1972, signing from Junior club Blantyre Celtic. Whilst at the Rovers he scored 32 goals in 124 appearances. John was a favourite with the fans and he moved to St Johnstone in February 1977, scoring 6 goals in 15 games to help the Saints avoid relegation from the First Division. Brogan was the First Division’s joint-top goalscorer in 1979–80 and in 1982–83, scored 36 goals in all competitions as St Johnstone won the title and promotion to the Premier Division.

After St Johnstone were relegated from the Premier Division at the end of 1983–84 season, Brogan remained in the division after signing for Hibernian. The move did not work out however, and after a spell on loan at Ayr United, he joined his hometown club Hamilton Academical in December 1984. Brogan enjoyed a successful spell at Accies under the management of John Lambie and was the club’s top scorer in each of his three seasons. Hamilton were First Division champions in 1985–86 with Brogan winning the divisional player of the year award.

Brogan joined Stirling Albion in July 1987 and was appointed player-manager in January 1989. He guided the club to the Second Division Championship in 1991, a Scottish Cup quarter-final in 1990 and ensured that the team became the highest ranked part-time team in Scotland.

Brogan had a spell in charge of Arbroath between 1995 and 1996. Following his spell at Gayfield, he moved into Junior football, forming a managerial partnership with former Clyde player Martin Clark. The pair took charge of East Region outfit Armadale Thistle in 1996 then moved to Blantyre Victoria a year later, winning promotion for the Vics in 1998.

Brogan and Clark took charge of East Kilbride Thistle in November 1999, with Brogan assuming full control when Clark left to join the Celtic youth set-up in 2002. With East Kilbride, he won the Sectional League Cup in 2002 and promotion from Central District First Division in 2006.

Brogan took over as the manager of Yoker Athletic in 2008, leading the club to two successive promotions. He left the club in March 2014.

Brogan join new Lowland League side BSC Glasgow as manager in May 2014. He resigned in September 2014 and was appointed manager of Lanark United later that month. He left Lanark in August 2014 to become manager of Wishaw Juniors but resigned from Wishaw in February 2018.

John joined Albion Rovers FC in May 2018.

More details to follow…